Archive for April, 2014

Garrett Graff Is Leaving Washingtonian

Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff, who took over in 2009, will leave the magazine in June, publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced today.
Hired at only 28 to replace his 75-year-old predecessor, Jack Limpert, who'd run the place for decades, Graff presided over a reinvention of the monthly magazine's front-of-the-book section, which he'd edited before taking over. Washingtonian won a Livingston Award for [...]

D.C.’s Assessment Says Sustainability Plan Is Off to a Good Start

In the past year, 100 D.C. police cruisers were equipped with anti-idling devices, slashing idling time by 60 percent in these vehicles, Mayor Vince Gray wrote in Sustainable DC's first year progress report, released today.
That's the kind of stuff in both the report and the plan. The ambitious and broad Sustainable DC plan, which specifically aims to make [...]

District Line Daily: Pulling Weeds

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A House Oversight subcommittee is scheduled to examine the District’s recently passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana. [...]

The Needle: Metro Karaoke

Get Low: This great video of a very drunk man in a suit performing (that's a generous description) Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz' "Get Low" on the Metro resurfaced today. It's only Tuesday, so this is definitely worth a watch and a guaranteed laugh. +3
LOLZ: A new, presumably accurate list ranked D.C. as the [...]

DC Cool Tries to Lure in Tourists With Le Diplomate and Eighteenth Street Lounge

Le Diplomate has become emblematic of the complete transformation of 14th Street NW in recent years. What was once a crime-ridden corridor now has an upscale French restaurant with a fancy patio that requires a reservation long in advance to get in. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Let's hope so. Destination DC—the nonprofit that does D.C.'s marketing [...]

District Line Daily: Shooting Outside the Zoo

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Two men were shot outside the National Zoo on Connecticut Avenue at around 5:17 p.m Monday. [...]

Everything You Need to Know About D.C.’s New, Federally Mandated Drivers’ Licenses

The District's Department of Motor Vehicles will start issuing new federally mandated drivers' licenses on May 1. While the thought of every D.C. resident rushing at once to the DMV is more anxiety-inducing than a panda birth, the government says the new IDs will be phased in gradually over the next few years.
The D.C. DMV [...]

The Needle: Spending Oversight

Dumb Glass: The GW Student Association's finance committee slashed the MBA Association's student budget by about 22 percent because the group used part of its funding to purchase a $,1500 Google Glass for its members that it did not list in its pre-approved budget. Tsk, Tsk. -2
Trash Talk: D.C. residents are complaining that city officials [...]

Two Men Injured in Shooting Outside National Zoo

Update, April 22: Two men were reportedly injured in the gunfire outside the zoo Monday afternoon, the Washington Post reports. Neither man is thought to be seriously injured. One man was found on the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue NW outside the zoo and the other man was found about four blocks away.
The motive of the [...]

Emails Allegedly Show AU Fraternity Brothers Discussing Rape and Assault

Members of an American University fraternity allegedly sent text messages and emails discussing sexual and physical assaults of female students, according to an anonymous Tumblr site, The Fratergate AU, that posted the messages recently.
The AU Epsilon Iota chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity lost its national charter in 2001, according to Camille Lepre, the university's assistant [...]

Buy D.C.: Cherry Blossoms

Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, featuring different goods from different shops all around the city, curated by 94.7 Fresh FM co-host and CityShopGirl.com owner Kelly Collis.

Balance of Flower
Toast the nation of Japan for its gift of 3,000 trees to the District with this vodka and cherry [...]

D.C.’s Honeybees Need Your Help

If you see a swarm of bees in D.C. this spring, don't run. Instead, call your local beekeeper.
The honeybee deaths have soared in recent winters thanks to a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder, which is why, for the third year in a row, the DC Beekeepers Alliance is reaching out to the public to ask for help to [...]

Volunteers Search for Relisha Rudd: “We Don’t Believe in Too Little Too Late”

Markita Bryant walked down Bladensburg Avenue NE Saturday with a bullhorn yelling, "Relisha Rudd. Eight years old. Gone missing in this area." A handful of other people followed her with stacks of fliers as they passed by the Holiday Inn Express—one of the last places the missing girl was seen with her presumed abductor, Kahlil Tatum, [...]

District Line Daily: Maximizing the Minimum

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The D.C. Council recently passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016, but [...]

The Needle: D.C.’s Politically Unengaged

 
The Invisible Voters: All the absentee and provisional votes from the April 1 primary have been counted, and it's official: It had the lowest turnout of any mayoral primary since the beginning of home rule in 1974. -7
Best Buds: Robert Griffin III casually poses for a photo with Jeff Thompson, recently known by his shadow [...]

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